The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Panama ( Burdett )

No. 222

Sir: There is enclosed for your information a copy of a letter addressed to the Secretary of State on February 9, 1935,7 by the Acting Secretary of Agriculture, which announces that steps have been taken by the Bureau of Public Roads of that Department to reopen its office [Page 245] in Panama in order to be in a position to continue the cooperative reconnaissance surveys on the route of the Inter-American Highway beyond the Panama Canal, when requests shall be received for such cooperation, or to assist in location surveys and construction work on the highway in the countries through which reconnaissance surveys have already been effected, when requests for such assistance shall be received and satisfactory assurances of cooperation by the other interested governments shall be given. There are also enclosed copies of the letter and the radio message, both of February 1, 1935,10 from the Chief of the United States Bureau of Public Roads to Señor Tomás Guardia, Chief Engineer of the Junta Central de Caminos of Panama, mentioned in the letter first referred to above, and a copy of a cabled reply dated February 510 from Señor Guardia to the Chief of the Bureau of Public Roads.

In the Department’s instruction of October 17, 1934,11 there were quoted the texts of the two congressional acts, referred to in the enclosed letters, which made available funds for this Government’s continued cooperation with the other interested governments in work on the projected Inter-American Highway.

Very truly yours,

For the Secretary of State:
Wilbur J. Carr
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  4. Foreign Relations, 1934, vol. iv, p. 476.